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‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum Ocula Report ‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum 19 Jul 2019 : Penny Liu for Ocula

An Opera for Animals was first staged at Para Site in Hong Kong between 23 March and 2 June 2019, with works by over 48 artists and collectives that use opera as a metaphor for modes of contemporary, cross-disciplinary art-making. The exhibition's second iteration takes up a large portion of the Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) in Shanghai (22 June–25...

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Takashi Murakami and Tobias Berger Talk Murakami

For three months from 1 June to 1 September 2019, Tai Kwun Contemporary in Hong Kong showcases MURAKAMI vs MURAKAMI, a major survey exhibition of the Japanese artist Takashi Murakami. Curated by Tobias Berger, head of art at Tai Kwun, and Gunnar B Kvaran, director of Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo, the exhibition spans the three floors of Tai Kwun's...

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Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House Ocula Report Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House 5 Jul 2019 : Jareh Das for Ocula

Get Up Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House in London (12 June–15 September 2019) surveys more than half a century of black creativity in Britain and beyond across the fields of art, film, photography, music, design, fashion, and literature.Curated by Zak Ové, works by approximately 100 intergenerational black...

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Ding Yi

b. 1962, China

自上世纪80年代后期,“十”字符号开始出现在丁乙的绘画作品中,并成为他艺术创作中最具标志性的视觉元素。丁乙的绘画手法理性而精准,作品散发着机械设计的美感,绝妙地契合正在经历飞速工业化和城市化的中国图景。

丁乙生于上海,1983年从上海市工艺美术学校毕业后,进入玩具厂担任产品设计师。1986年,丁乙进入上海大学美术学院学习国画。正是那段时期,他开始接触西方现代主义,作品呈现出某些早期抽象绘画实验,但直到1988年“十”字图案才正式出现在他的作品中。《十示》系列作为他最早、也最具代表性的“十”字系列,充分体现了经过精准计算、布满整个画布的网格状构图特点。

在社会和政治叙事绘画主导国内画坛的大背景下,丁乙选择“从零重新开始”,运用高度理性的创作手法无疑是非常具有反叛精神的。刻意回避了同时代艺术家营造的“粗粝”画面感,丁乙利用标尺、胶带和颜料管等工具,用一种精准的画面语言实现全新的自我表达。对艺术家来说,画中反复出现的“x”或“+”是无意义的形式符号(当然,从外观上我们可以认为这些符号与“十”、“田”、“大”等汉字颇为近似),也无需观者进行解读。丁乙的多数作品沿用了《十示》这一标题,仅用不同的创作年月以示区别。

多年来,丁乙在油画布、亚麻布、花格布、硬纸板等介质上作画,非常强调手绘,从而与工业制成品区别开来。1991年,长期使用标尺作画加剧了他的腰背疼痛,于是他开始徒手画“十”字。布面丙烯作品《十示(蓝/绿)》(1995)体现了这一转型:画面中的“十”字排布较以前更为松散,视觉效果上更接近于面料上的针脚线迹。

丁乙拒绝具象表达,在他的很多作品中,“十”字图案和颜色共同组成某种抽象意象。以《十示2016-4》(2016)为例,浅色的“十”字组合在深色背景的衬托下,看起来既像电脑芯片,又似浩渺星空。《十示2010-6》(2010)以成品花格织物为画布,交错密织的“十”字共同构成了一幅明丽鲜艳的繁花图景。如今,丁乙的创作转向以椴木为媒介。《十示2017-9》(2017)呈现了数以千计的彩色“十”字图案,共同构成了一个个随机的色彩群组。

丁乙是当代中国最具影响力的艺术家之一,作品在中国国内和国际均被广泛收藏。目前,丁乙在上海工作、生活。

Elliat Albrecht (艾利娅特·阿尔布雷克特) 翻译:邬晨云 (Elaine Chenyun WU) | Ocula | 2018

Featured Artworks

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Appearance of Crosses 2016-8 by Ding Yi contemporary artwork
Ding YiAppearance of Crosses 2016-8, 2016 Mixed media on basswood
240 x 240 cm
Timothy Taylor
Appearance of Crosses 2018-7 十示 2018-7 by Ding Yi contemporary artwork
Ding YiAppearance of Crosses 2018-7 十示 2018-7, 2018 Mixed media on basswood
120 x 120 cm
Tang Contemporary Art
Appearance of Crosses 2017-B10 by Ding Yi contemporary artwork
Ding YiAppearance of Crosses 2017-B10, 2017 Acrylic pencil and colour pencil on paper
32 x 43 cm
ShanghART
Appearance of Crosses 2017-18 by Ding Yi contemporary artwork
Ding YiAppearance of Crosses 2017-18, 2017 Mixed media on basswood
120 x 120 cm
ShanghART
Appearance of Crosses 2018-1 by Ding Yi contemporary artwork
Ding YiAppearance of Crosses 2018-1, 2018 Mixed media on basswood
240 x 240 cm
ShanghART
Appearance of Crosses 2018-3 by Ding Yi contemporary artwork
Ding YiAppearance of Crosses 2018-3, 2018 Mixed media on basswood
120 x 120 cm
ShanghART
Appearance of Crosses 2018-4 十示 2018-4 by Ding Yi contemporary artwork
Ding YiAppearance of Crosses 2018-4 十示 2018-4, 2018 Mixed media on basswood
120 x 120 cm
ShanghART
Appearance of Crosses 2016-B12 by Ding Yi contemporary artwork
Ding YiAppearance of Crosses 2016-B12, 2016 Acylic on handmade paper
43 x 32 cm
Timothy Taylor

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Painting and Existence at Tang Contemporary Art, Hong Kong
Closed
15 February–16 March 2019 Group Exhibition Painting and Existence Tang Contemporary Art, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Ding Yi, Interchange|立交 at ShanghART, Shanghai
Closed
7 November 2018–6 January 2019 Ding Yi Interchange|立交 ShanghART, Westbund, Shanghai
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, White Flash at ShanghART, Beijing
Closed
5–31 August 2018 Group Exhibition White Flash ShanghART, Beijing

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Ding Yi: a User’s Manual Related Press Ding Yi: a User’s Manual RanDian : 17 June 2017

Ding Yi's paintings refuse to answer, to limit or be limited. Whether small or vast, their multi-hued fields of crosses map and divide pictorial space, transparent and unguarded, beguiling with pattern. But this is no panacea for interpretation, for anything-goes opinion. Look closely at each painting and you can become familiar with them, with the...

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APPEARANCE OF CROSSES Related Press APPEARANCE OF CROSSES ArtAsiaPacific : 1 June 2017

Ding Yi is an artist committed to a language of crosses, taking two symbols as his alphabet: 'x' and '+'. From the outset of his career in the mid-1980s, the artist has been associated with and defined by variations of abstract grid works composed of these marks. His first solo show in the United Kingdom at London's Timothy Taylor gallery is a...

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Ding Yi: Chinese art, but not as you know it Related Press Ding Yi: Chinese art, but not as you know it The Weel : 26 May 2017

Of course, I haven't missed the fact that Chinese art has become very fashionable in the west recently. It was big before in the mid-1990s, but in a different way.

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Unlimited section at Art Basel in Basel to include El Anatsui, Stan Douglas et al. Related Press Unlimited section at Art Basel in Basel to include El Anatsui, Stan Douglas et al. ARTNews : 29 April 2016

Unlimited, the Art Basel platform allotted for large-scale and unconventional artworks, will be showing a record 88 projects from participating galleries this year. Gianni Jetzer, curator-at-large at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, is heading the section for the fifth year in a row.

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In Video & Audio

Tim Marlow in conversation with Ding Yi Related Video & Audio Tim Marlow in conversation with Ding Yi Timothy Taylor : 15 June 2017

Born, raised and educated in Shanghai, Ding Yi continually draws inspiration from the city's physical and philosophical framework. His works are defined both by a language of 'x's and '+'s as well as by their grid structure, initially reflective of the fluid architectural milieu of late 1980s Shanghai. Ding Yi's tenacious practice operates within a...

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